The international Olympic Committee (IOC) on 5 December decided to suspend the Russian team from the Olympics in 2018, but will allow certain athletes under a neutral flag. For those was established a number of criteria, and the Minister of sports of Russia Pavel Kolobkov, more than 200 athletes already meet these requirements.
“Now the training of more than 450 athletes. According to the regulations 217 qualified for participation in the Olympic games”, – quotes Pavel Kolobkov, “R-Sport”.
Also, the sports Minister spoke on the topic of possible alternative Olympics for those Russian athletes, who will not be allowed in Pyeongchang.
“Let’s not talk about any alternative Games. We host competitions with the possibility of inviting foreign colleagues, even consider the question of the prize pool. Those of you who come to these events, will be able to earn financially,” added Balls.
Recall that on 5 December at the meeting of the IOC Executive Committee decided to suspend the Russian team from the Olympics-2018 in Pyeongchang. Individual athletes who will meet the criteria, will be able to go to the main start of four years as a neutral athletes.